Tiffany Cherry – Reports live from Paris, Texas – WiredPRNews.com — A candle light vigil will be held Saturday October 25th for Brandon McClelland, a 24 year-old Paris, Texas man who was found dead with his body dismembered on a rural highway September 16, 2008. Two men, Shannon Finley and Charles Ryan Crostley, have been arrested and charged with his murder. The death, whom some have called a hate crime, has divided the town of Paris along racial lines.
Prosecutors in the case insist the death was not race related but black activists are not so sure. Autopsy reports are due back next week, and investigators plan to figure out exactly how he was dragged. “I truly feel that race played a part in it,” said the victim’s mother, Jacquline McClelland. “It’s is a racist town, and Paris has always been a racist town”. Local activists, as well as activists from Dallas and Houston have become involved in the case. The Dallas Chapter of the New Black Panthers was recently reported to have launched their own investigation.
The candle light service is set to be held from 2 PM to 4 PM at Leon Williams Park in Paris, Texas. Jacquline McClelland has stated that her son was a kind and generous man who wouldn’t have hurt anyone.